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Entry for July 13, 2006

Brain and Nervous System

General Health Information

The brain and nervous system act as the bodys electrical system communicating millions of messages every second. The brain is the command center and coordinates incoming and outgoing messages from all over the body. A healthy brain and nervous system enable us to cope well and respond appropriately to the countless stimuli we encounter daily. Our nervous system can become overloaded and begin to malfunction if we do not maintain it properly as well as filter excessive stimuli or stress.

An important factor to a healthy nervous system is the proper balance of the brain’s neurotransmitters (chemicals that transmit information from one nerve cell to another) such as dopamine, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), and serotonin.  A healthy nervous system allows us to handle lifes ups-and-downs smoothly, and to feel more emotionally balanced.  Exercise, stress-management techniques, proper nutrition and diet can help to better balance the brain’s intricate chemistry.

Several key nutrients are necessary to supply the chemicals responsible for the formation of the brain’s neurotransmitters, thus helping to balance brain chemistry. When taken on a daily basis, supplementation with certain amino acids, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and herbs helps us feel more mentally balanced and provides us with an overall sense of well-being.

Wellness Plan for Support of Brain and Nervous Systems  

Well balanced diet

Regular exercise

Stress management

Supplement Recommendations:  Vitamins and Minerals – B-complex, folic acid, inositol, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc, selenium, boron, calcium and magnesium 

Antioxidants – coenzyme Q10, vitamins C & E, n-acetylcarnitine, melatonin, Pycogenol, grape seed extract, and NADH 

Essential Fatty Acids – DHA and omega-3 

Amino Acids – GABA, asparagine, aspartic acid, glutamine, glycine, taurine, phenylalanine, 5-HTP, and tyrosine 

Herbs and Phytonutrients – gingko biloba, rosemary, sage, horsebalm, brazil nut, fenugreek, stinging nettle, gota kola, ginseng, ashwagandha, phosphatidylserine, DMAE, and huperzine 

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Entry for July 11, 2006

MAGNESIUM MAINTAINS NORMAL NERVE, BRAIN, & MUSCLE FUNCTION

While 60% of the Mg is in the bones, the rest is primarily in the cells where it functions to regulate the transmission of impulses between brain cells, & from nerves to muscles & organs. It also maintains normal muscle function & contractility.

Since Mg regulates the irritability or sensitivity of the nerves & muscles, a deficiency leads to neuromuscular hyperexcitability which can be associated with muscle cramps, twitches, & tremors, tension, tightness, or soreness. It is also associated with various spasms, such as the bronchospasm of asthma, esophageal spasm ( a lump in the throat with difficulty swallowing), the vascular spasm of migraines some forms of hypertension, chest pain & other chronic pain syndromes, the urinary spasms with some forms of urinary problems & bedwetting, the spasms of premature labor & menstrual cramps, & of course the spasms of seizures.

The excitability can also be associated with an easy startle response, noise & light sensitivity, numbness & tingling & strange body sensations.

Some of the most dramatic effects of Mg deficiency may occur in the central nervous system such as with the DT’s (delirium tremens) of alcoholism, general anxiety & irritability, nervousness, confusion, tantrums, insomnia,and depression.

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Entry for July 04, 2006

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The Facts about Brain-Boosting Nutrients
Lauri M. Aesoph N.D.

The B vitamins should be called the thinking and feeling nutrients because they nourish the nervous system. Frank deficiencies result in serious neurological conditions such as Wernicke’s encephalopathy. But for the average American eating a normal diet, is this a problem? Yes and no. While most of us don’t suffer from outright B vitamin deficiency, everyday life imposes many nutritional threats that snatch away these nutrients. Let’s look at how this happens and what you can do to guard yourself.

What are B Vitamins?

While today we know of at least 10 different B vitamins, scientists initially thought this complex of nutrients was just one vitamin. The story begins almost 100 years ago when Eijkman, a Dutch physician living in Java, was watching chickens kept by the local penitentiary. He noticed these birds bore a striking resemblance to his patients suffering from beriberi. Although Eijkman didn’t know it at the time, this condition, characterized in humans by poor memory, irritability, fatigue and other symptoms, is actually caused by thiamin (or B1) deficiency. But the doctor had an inkling that diet might play a part. So he added rice bran to the fowl’s otherwise bleak rations of polished rice table scraps. The experiment worked and the supplemented chickens thrived.

In the decades that followed, more information was elucidated on thiamin and its B vitamin relations: riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (sometimes called B5), vitamin B6 (actually a group of related compounds: pyridoxine, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine and others), B12 (or cyanocobalamin), folic acid and biotin. You’ll notice that some B vitamins are assigned numbers. This is because scientists labeled these compounds in numerical order of discovery. Today we normally refer to the B vitamins by chemical name.

Inositol and choline are sometimes lumped under the B complex title. Less is known about these compounds, and experts don’t always agree on whether they’re true vitamins or not.

A vitamin by definition is a substance that belongs to a group of unrelated organic compounds. Each vitamin is essential for good health (and sometimes life), but you only need a minuscule amount in your food for this purpose. Vitamins vary widely in chemical makeup and physiological function. For the most part, your body can’t manufacture vitamins. Although for the water soluble B vitamins, small amounts of folic acid, niacin and B12 can be synthesized.

The B vitamin clan retain close ties because, like most families, they act alike, sometimes rely on one another and are found in similar foods. They’re so close, in fact, that low intake of one often affects another. This means single B vitamin deficiencies are relatively rare, although deficiency symptoms of one B vitamin may predominate. For this reason, taking large amounts of a single B nutrient may create a vitamin imbalance and snowball into another B vitamin deficiency.

Why Do We Need B Vitamins?

We would literally be lost without B vitamins. Besides memory, these nutrients feed and regulate the brain and nervous system. The brain and its extensive network of nerve fibers and cells, are like a complex computer that instruct us how to react to temperature, pressure, pain and other stimuli. Neurological hookup throughout your body allows organs to function properly. As an added bonus, this complex and not-totally-understood system grants us emotion and thought.

There’s no doubt that the nervous system and brain require their fair share of food and oxygen to grow and thrive. The 100 billion nerve cells that make up the brain and about two percent of the body are very metabolically active. A busy, hungry brain is also sensitive to the ups and downs of nutrients in the blood. Without its own nutritive supply, the brain depends on the rest of the body to feed it.

B vitamins are an important part of the brain’s diet. Many of them help form neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers of the nervous system. Pyridoxal phosphate, a B6 member, is pivotal in the synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA). When thiamine is too low, the neurotransmitters glutamate and aspartate also decline. Choline, the vitamin-like cousin of B complex, is needed for acetylcholine.

B Vitamins and Health

Medical journals are brimming with hard-to-pronounce neurological and behavioral conditions that occur when B vitamins are in short supply. Besides emotional, cognitive and behavioral symptoms, inadequate B vitamins can bring on physical complaints too.

While neuropathies, a general term for disorders of the nervous system, can be caused by any number of nutritional deficiencies, B vitamins account for many of them. Pellagra, a niacin-deficient state, and beriberi, due to low thiamin, are probably the most well known of the B deficiency conditions. Beriberi in this country is usually associated with alcoholism, but not always.

The Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota reported a case of a 66 year old woman who complained of irritability, loss of appetite, and nausea among other symptoms. Her doctors determined that her sparse diet of fruit cocktail, pop and popsicles, not surprisingly low in thiamin, was responsible. This patient displayed mental changes seen in cerebral beriberi called Wernicke’s encephalopathy. If left untreated, this brain disorder can progress to the more serious Korsakoff’s psychosis. She was given thiamin and eventually recovered.

Psychiatric conditions, not typically thought of as B deficient disorders, have also been treated with various B vitamins. Some physicians have given B6, niacin and folate to their schizophrenic patients. Other psychiatric disorders have also been treated with various B vitamins.

Most of us, however, are not battling neuropsychiatric illnesses. Still there’s plenty of examples of more common conditions affected by poor B nutrition.

Hungarian scientists discovered that folic acid, alone or with a multivitamin supplement, prevents recurrent neural-tube defect, a type of birth defect. These researchers suggested that all women planning a pregnancy should take folic acid. The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta went one step further and advises that all women who “could” become pregnant take this B vitamin.

Once a baby is born, the mother must ensure he is properly fed. Thirty-five years ago a proprietary formula, where B6 was inadvertently destroyed during sterilization, caused widespread seizures in infants. The newborns were cured with a B6 supplement, but this situation dramatically shows the impact B vitamins have on the nervous system. (By the way, babies who are breast fed by mothers eating a low B6 diet can also have seizures.)

Some neurological childhood conditions also appear to be connected to B vitamins. An interesting study done 20 years ago at Saint Joseph Hospital in Pennsylvania found low serotonin levels in hyperactive children. The investigators fed some of the subjects B6, and observed the neurotransmitter, serotonin, rise appreciably. Autism, also called infantile psychosis, has been treated with B6 as well.

There are many other circumstances where B vitamins help with neurological problems. Vitamin B6 is used for women suffering from depression due to the birth control pill or premenstrual syndrome. It also helps some cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, where the median nerve is painfully compressed within the wrist. There’s even a type of rare epilepsy that retreats when B6 is given.

Researchers are also analyzing the subtle behavioral and neurological changes that result from mild deficiencies. At one time doctors would admit a vitamin was lacking only with laboratory evidence or well established deficiency symptoms. Experts have discovered that individual tissues, not necessarily the whole body, can be low in a vitamin. They’re also realizing that vitamin requirements might be higher, especially for specific functions, than previously thought. As research continues, the biochemical roles of vitamins are expanding.

Slightly low levels of niacin, for instances, may lead to depression, apprehension, hyper-irritability, emotional instability and impairment of recent memory. Marginal thiamin deficiency could, in only five days, cause lassitude.

“It is possible that some of the decline in cognitive function associated with aging is preventable or reversible with improved vitamin nutriture especially vitamin B-12, vitamin B6, and folate,” say investigators at the US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Some typical psychiatric conditions seen in older citizens, especially depression and even Alzheimer’s, may be due to or exacerbated by poor nutrition. Sadly, low vitamin levels could simmer for months or years without any overt signs. Decreased stomach acid (which increases with age), poor eating, chronic illness, medications or institutionalized care may contribute to inadequate B vitamins and other nutrients.

Where Have All the B Vitamins Gone?

Modern day lifestyle is not very B vitamin friendly. The manner in which we grow and handle food, our medicines and habits are rough on the fragile members of B complex. Each B vitamin responds differently to its environment with some hardier than others. Here are a few ways the B’s suffer.

This epic begins in the field. Agricultural factors such as the soil, climate, fertilizers used and other growing conditions influence a food’s vitamin content. How ripe or mature a food is when picked determines its nutritional value. Processing foods, like milling flour or grains, curing meats, irradiation, canning, freezing, sulfite use, milk pasteurization and evaporation, also tamper with B vitamin nutriture

Once a food finds its way into your kitchen, it endures another set of B vitamin challenges. Peeling a fruit or vegetable removes much of its goodness (though for highly sprayed produce this is probably wise.) Cooking conditions, which vary widely from cook to cook, rob a few more of the B’s. Finally, the longer you store food, the more you lose. Light is especially hard on nutrients, especially B6 and riboflavin.

Next, the B vitamins must survive the route from your plate to needy spots in your body. Virtually no vitamin is absorbed 100 percent. Even less is absorbed, however, if there’s intestinal damage or low stomach acid. Nutrient status influences how well we use other vitamins and minerals in our food. Absorption of, example B12, decreases with an iron or B6 deficiency.

Some drugs, such as cholestyramine, a cholesterol lowering drug, decreases absorption of folic acid. Cimetidine, for ulcers, dampens digestion and vitamin B12 absorption. Even sodium bicarbonate interferes with vitamin absorption with its acid neutralization. Other B-unfriendly-drugs include sulfasalzine, phenytoin, nitrous oxide, isoniazid, hydralazine, tolazamide, tetracycline and birth control pills. Alcohol and smoking are harmful too.

In addition to stress, pollution, dieting, illness and injury, less obvious situations requiring higher B complex intake are exercise, pregnancy, lactation, and growing children and teens. Chronic, high doses of vitamin C can decrease B12 levels too.

In light of the evidence, it seems we’re all bound for confused and unhappy B deficient lives. Not necessarily so. Knowing B complex’s weaknesses gives you the ability to make good nutritional decisions. Eat as many fresh, raw, whole foods as possible including whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables and dried beans. Follow the macrobiotic principle of choosing foods that are regional and in season. A backyard garden is an ideal way to do this, or visit local farmers. Avoid smoking and alcohol.

If you’re in a B-vitamin-draining situation, such as taking medication (see above or ask your doctor), pregnant, under stress (aren’t we all) or ill, consider supplementing your diet with B complex. Since vitamins and mineral taken in large doses can impact each other, a multiple is best. If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of B vitamin deficiency, consult a nutritionally trained physician for a complete work-up. Stay healthy, happy and sound of mind by protecting the B’s in your life.

July 5, 2006 Posted by | Health | , | Leave a comment

Entry for July 03, 2006

Lecithin

Perhaps the most interesting new findings on lecithin concern its connection with the functioning of the brain and nervous system.

Besides being an important factor in controlling cholesterol levels and aiding coronary health, lecithin is involved in a myriad of body functions. Every cell of your body contains lecithin. Lecithin is responsible for maintaining the surface tension of the cell membrane. It therefore controls what goes in and out of each cell, allowing nutrients in, or wastes out. Without enough lecithin, the cell wall hardens, thus not allowing enough nutrients in or wastes out. This means premature aging of cells. The surface tension of the cell maintained by lecithin is also responsible for transmitting nerve impulses and messages through or from the cell.

Perhaps the most interesting new findings on lecithin concern its connection with the functioning of the brain and nervous system. A key factor in proper brain and nerve transmissions is the presence of cellular substance called acetylcholine.

Until as recently as six years ago, medical researchers were using choline chloride to help their patients who suffered from these insidious brain disorders to produce more acetylcholine in their bodies. However, in 1977, Dr. Richard Wurtinan and his colleagues at Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that lecithin (which contains phosphatidyl choline) increased serum choline levels more than three times as much as the previously used choline chloride and kept those levels raised more than three times as long. This meant that researchers had found a way to significantly raise acetylcholine levels in their patients since acetylcholine production in the brain was dependent on serum choline levels.

Dr. Wartman’s research further astounded the medical community by showing that choline was taken up directly by the brain and used almost at once to help the brain make acetylcholine. This meant that the amount of lecithin (phosphatidyl choline) furnished by each meal could have a direct and almost immediate effect on the efficiency of the brain. Researchers found this so surprising because it had long been believed that the so called blood/brain barrier shielded the brain from such direct influences by nutrients and substances that are excessive or lacking in the day-to-day diet. Only a few substances such as alcohol or powerful drugs were thought to be able to cross this barrier.

Additional Findings on Lecithin’s Interaction in the Body

Without sufficient lecithin, your body cannot utilize the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. By adding an adequate amount of lecithin to your diet, you could improve your digestion and utilization of these vitamins by 100% or more if your diet is now deficient in lecithin.

When a person exercises regularly to improve their muscle tone, the amount of lecithin contained in the muscles increases. This increase in muscle lecithin is in part responsible for the greater endurance of the muscle.

Cirrhosis of the liver is no longer a disease of the heavy drinker only. Being the body’s waster disposal plant, many toxic materials, like food additives, preservatives, insecticides, growth hormones, etc., all pass through the liver. Lecithin and good general nutrition readily reverses liver damage.

W.S. Hartroff, M.D., Ph.D., reported in the American Journal of Public Health that the lack of choline was found to head infants toward high blood pressure. Furthermore, it has been found that a choline deficiency induced tendency to high blood pressure can not be reversed. Interestingly enough, human milk contains lecithin while cow’s milk does not.

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Entry for July 02, 2006

I came across some more interesting reading from doctor Jensen’s book today. Stupidly, I skipped the beginning of the book and starting reading at chatper one. As I was skimming through the book, I found this in the introdution:

PAGE XVI:

“Doctor Rocine showed me that every chemical element in the earth has it’s own characteristics and has it’s own story to tell, and he taught me these stories. I began to understand how these chemical elements work in the body. I learned that silicon is the magnetic element in the body and that the nerve force does not work well in the body unless it has the proper amount of silicon. It was easier to see that the body needed B vitamins because of serious deficiency diseases like Beriberi. However,I found out that without the proper chemical elements, vitamin B doesn’t remain in the body. It needs silicon to work with.

PAGE 171

“The nerves and brain are electromagnetic in function, and require silicon. The outsides of the nerves use silicon called the “magnetic element,” to increase effective nerve conduction. We must have enough silicon for the brain and nerves to have that magnetism we need in our relationships with others”

Looks like I’ll be adding Silicon (Silica) to my daily vitamins…

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Entry for June 30, 2006

Two symptoms that I have had for years are related to a Magnesium deficiency: Sensitivity to bright lights and weak knees.

Reasons Your Brain Needs Magnesium

#1 Your brain needs magnesium to build the protective myelin sheaths that insulate the nerve fibers which network your nervous system.

#2 Magnesium activates a key enzyme in cell membranes that controls the balance of sodium and potassium. This is absolutely essential to the electrical activity of nerve cells, as well as to the very existence of a cell. If its sodium-potassium ratio got too far out of balance, the cell would burst.

#3 Magnesium activates glutamine synthetase, an enzyme responsible for converting waste ammonia – an extremely toxic byproduct of normal protein metabolism – into urea for proper disposal. The ability to focus and pay attention can be compromised by even small increases in brain ammonia.

#4 Magnesium activates almost all the key enzymes needed for your neurons to produce energy from glucose, in the form of ATP molecules. Magnesium is also necessary for the stable storage of ATP, so it won’t spontaneously break down and waste its energy as heat.

#5 Of the 300+ different enzymes in the human body that require magnesium to function, a great many are crucial to cerebral metabolism and cognitive function. In the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord, magnesium is present in higher concentrations than in the blood plasma.

#6 Magnesium is needed to activate the enzyme (D6D) that converts dietary fatty acids into DHA, the most abundant fatty acid in brain cell membranes. Deficiencies in DHA have been associated with numerous neurological disorders – from attention-deficits to Alzheimer’s disease

Here’s another web site:

Magnesium is the central atom in the chlorophyll molecule and in physiology it activates the ATP energy system. More than 300 enzymes require the presence of this mineral. Seventy percent of the body’s magnesium is found in the bones, and the rest is found mainly in the soft tissues and blood. There is more magnesium than calcium in muscle tissue and the brain has twice as much magnesium as any other tissue.

Every person, every doctor that I’ve mentioned my health history to has commented on the fact that I have done a tremendous amount of research to try and figure out my symptoms and the more deeper I get, the more I realize how I’ve only scratched the surface and looking back, I wish I’d done a better job.

I think if I was a doctor, I’d hire a research assistant to google symptoms for me. Actually, it’s more like an investigative researcher.

My iridology exam is tomorrow and I can’t wait. Hopefully, it’s the beginning of the end.

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Entry for June 30, 2006

And then I skip ahead in the book and come across a chapter called ” The Brain and Nerves” on page 158. This sounds like the chapter for me:

The brain and nerves are the most highly-evolved tissues in the human body, designed to send and receive the electromagnetic vibrations that direct all the physiological functions of the body and allow man to creatively adapt to and alter his environment.

Each organ and tissue structure of the body is connected via the nervous system to a specialized part of the brain that directs it’s function. Thus we have a “heart brain”, a “kidney brain”,  a “stomach brain”, and so forth and electromagnetic messages contantly pass back and forth along the autonomic nerves, telling the brain the state of each organ and tissue area. The brain responds by instructing the organ to adjust itself, not only in accordance with what is going on in that organ alone, but in consideration of the needs of all other organs and tissues in the body. No single organ or tissue can be treated in isolation.

Could this have been why it had such an effect on me? Having an electromagnetic device beside my head would certainly appear to have an effect on the normal communicating function of the brain. Would a doctor tell me this? Not a chance.

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Entry for June 27, 2006

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Study: Cell phone signals excite brain

Monday, June 26, 2006; Posted: 11:26 a.m. EDT (15:26 GMT)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Cell phone emissions excite the part of the brain cortex nearest to the phone, but it is not clear if these effects are harmful, Italian researchers reported on Monday.

Their study, published in the Annals of Neurology, adds to a growing body of research about mobile phones, their possible effects on the brain, and whether there is any link to cancer.

About 730 million cell phones are expected to be sold this year, according to industry estimates, and nearly 2 billion people around the world already use them.

Of these, more than 500 million use a type that emits electromagnetic fields known as Global System for Mobile communications or GSM radio phones. Their possible effects on the brain are controversial and not well understood.

Dr. Paolo Rossini of Fatebenefratelli hospital in Milan and colleagues used Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS to check brain function while people used these phones.

They had 15 young male volunteers use a GSM 900 cell phone for 45 minutes. In 12 of the 15, the cells in the motor cortex adjacent to the cell phone showed excitability during phone use but returned to normal within an hour.

The cortex is the outside layer of the brain and the motor cortex is known as the “excitable area” because magnetic stimulation has been shown to cause a muscle twitch.

The researchers stressed that they had not shown that using a cell phone is bad for the brain in any way, but people with conditions such as epilepsy, linked with brain cell excitability, could potentially be affected.

“It should be argued that long-lasting and repeated exposure to EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies) linked with intense use of cellular phones in daily life might be harmful or beneficial in brain-diseased subjects,” they wrote.

“Further studies are needed to better circumstantiate these conditions and to provide safe rules for the use of this increasingly more widespread device.”

Medical studies on cell phone use have provided mixed results. Swedish researchers found last year that using cell phones over time can raise the risk of brain tumors. But a study by Japan’s four mobile telephone operators found no evidence that radio waves from the phones harmed cells or DNA.

The Dutch Health Council analyzed several studies and found no evidence that radiation from mobile phones was harmful.

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